Liberal Arts - Humanities Specialization

Before the natural sciences and the social sciences appeared on the scene in western culture, human beings attempted to understand and make sense of their existence through descriptions now included in the broad category of "humanities." Religion, philosophy, drama, rhetoric, literature, and the fine arts all attempted to portray the human condition and our place in the social and natural worlds without the aid of scientific method, measurement, or instruments. Rather than being displaced by science, the humanities continue to account for our existence through insight, individual and shared experience, reasoned analysis, speculation, and aesthetic expression. The Humanities Specialization in Liberal Arts prepares students for transfer to four year schools who intend to major in one of the humanities disciplines. Completion of a bachelors degree in a humanities discipline can also open the door to a variety of graduate or professional programs.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 61 

Length: 2 years (4 semesters) if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.

Transfer opportunities: This degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university. Humanities disciplines include art, English, philosophy, foreign languages, drama, religion, speech, and communication studies.  

Admission requirements vary by institution. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the college to which they intend to transfer and plan course selections with their DCC advisor.  

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462

Program Outcomes

The Danville Community College Liberal Arts program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a 4-year institution or enter the work force.

To this end, liberal arts graduates will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
  2. The critical thinking skills of synthesizing and analyzing complex ideas;
  3. An awareness and understanding of ethics, cultures, and society;
  4. An understanding of individual and group development and behavior; and
  5. An understanding of and competence in research methods and scientific inquiry.

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester        
SDV 100 ollege Success Skills 1 0 1 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3 0 3 3
Natural Science course with lab 3 3 6 4
Approved Computer Elective 3 0 3 3
HLT/PED Approved Wellness Elective 1 0 1 1
Total 14 3 17 15
Second semester        
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3 3
MTH pproved Transfer Math 3 0 3 3
Natural Science course with lab 3 3 6 4
Social Science Elective I 3 0 3 3
HIS History Requirement I1 3 0 3 3  
Total 15 3 18 16
Third Semester        
Humanities Requirement I2 3 0 3 3
Literature Requirement I 3 0 3 3
Liberal Arts Elective I2 3 0 3 3
Social Science Elective II 3 0 3 3
HIS History Requirement II11 3 0 3 3
Total 15 0 15 15
Fourth Semester        
Humanities Requirement II2 3 0 3 3
Literature Requirement II 3 0 3 3
Liberal Arts Elective II2 3 0 3 3
Fine Arts Elective I 3 0 3 3
Fine Arts Elective II 3 0 3 3
Total 15 0 15 15

1History I and II. Students must complete a full-year sequence of U.S. History (HIS 121 & HIS 122), or Western Civilization (HIS 101 & HIS 102), or World Civilizations (HIS 111 & HIS 112).

2Humanities & Fine Arts Electives: Students must complete at least two humanities courses plus two sophomore literature courses & at least two courses in fine arts. Students may use the liberal arts elective requirement of six credit hours to pursue greater depth in the fine arts or humanities. Again, selection of courses should be based on the student’s interest and the demands of their intended transfer institution.

For more information consult the College Catalog.

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